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Cragganmore

The Cragganmore distillery was founded in 1869 by John Smith, who managed The Macallan and The Glenlivet distilleries. Sited close by the main Speyside railway line and in close proximity to the elegant River Spey, the Cragganmore whisky distillery draws its water from the mineral-rich Craggan Burn, which tumbles down its namesake, the Craggan More hill.

Of the 1.52 million litres the distillery produces annually, the majority is used for blending, for blenders have always revered the spirit. Today, it can be found in Old Parr, among other blended Scotch whiskies. The name derives from the Scottish Gaelic ‘creagan mór’ or ‘big rock’. In 1901, Cragganmore was among many whisky distilleries to benefit from the architectural skill of Charles Doig, the Elgin-based architect, who renovated the buildings.

The stills, which have numbered four since 1964, have an unusual shape with a flat top. This is said to contribute to the unique character of the spirit. At present, Cragganmore is under Diageo ownership and has been featured accordingly in their Classic Malts range. There are currently several independent bottlings as well as a substantial core range.

Cragganmore Whisky Distillery

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About Cragganmore Whisky Distillery

Distillery Number

01479 874700

Distillery Capacity

1 520 000 litres

Distillery Founded

1869

Distillery Status

Active

Distillery Address

Ballindalloch, Banffshire

Distillery Owner

Diageo

Distillery Website

www.malts.com

1869

John Smith, who already runs Ballindalloch and Glenfarclas Distilleries, founds Cragganmore.

1886

John Smith dies and his brother George takes over operations.

1893

John’s son Gordon, at 21, is old enough to assume responsibility for operations.

1901

The distillery is refurbished and modernized with help of the famous architect Charles Doig.

1912

Gordon Smith dies and his widow Mary Jane supervises operations.

1917

The distillery closes.

1918

The distillery reopens and Mary Jane installs electric lighting.

1923

The distillery is sold to the newly formed Cragganmore Distillery Co. where Mackie & Co. and Peter Mackie share half ownership. The remaining half is owned by Sir George Macpherson-Grant and Ballindalloch Estate.

1927

White Horse Distillers is bought by DCL who thus obtains 50% of Cragganmore.

1964

The number of stills is increased from two to four.

1965

DCL buys the remainder of Cragganmore.

1988

Cragganmore 12 years becomes one of six selected for United Distillers´ Classic Malts.

1998

Cragganmore Distillers Edition Double Matured (port) is launched for the first time.

2002

A visitor centre opens in May.

2006

A 17 year old from 1988 is released.

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A litre bottle of Cragganmore 12, a classic malt with a complex, honeyed flavour.  More info
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Part of the Distillers Edition range, this Cragganmore single malt Scotch whisky was distilled in 2000 and bottled in 2013. As with many of the Distillers Edition releases, it has been given a rather...  More info
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A sherried 12 year old single malt from Diageo's Classic Malts range, this bottling from the Cragganmore distillery represents Speyside and proffers a rich, slightly floral whisky with barley notes.  More info
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$52.76
Cragganmore whiskies are rare in independent bottling circles. Buy this'n now.  More info
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At first, we got excited about this whisky because we thought it was named after the street The Simpsons lived on. It's not. They live on Evergreen Terrace. We then got excited because it's a stunning...  More info
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It pays to be particular, or at least it does when Douglas Laing is bottling top-notch whisky for the Old Particular range, like this 15 year old Cragganmore. It was been bottled at 48.4% abv in...  More info
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This is an Old Malt Cask bottling of Cragganmore single malt Scotch whisky, distilled in the Speyside region in November 1989 and bottled in March 2014. 24 years old, this is! 169 bottles of this...  More info
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23 year old Cragganmore, distilled in April 1990 and bottled in March 2014. We love a good Cragganmore, we do. This one was taken from a single cask and bottled (at cask strength, no less!) for the...  More info
$274.08
The 2010 release of Cragganmore's 21 year old expression. A premium whisky which epitomises the Highland style. We got really good egg-custard on the palate of this.  More info
$227.14
A Distillers Edition from Diageo, this was distilled at Cragganmore in 1988 and finished in port pipes. Serge Valentin of Whisky Fun rated this 84 points.  More info
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This Cragganmore from Signatory was distilled on the 8th April 1992 and aged for 18 years in a pair of bourbon barrels before bottling in 2010 as a release of 629 bottles.  More info
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Distiller's edition Cragganmore from the Diageo stable.  More info
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A 20 year old single cask Cragganmore. We absolutely love this, it has just the right amount of sweetness, and just the right amount of maturity. Distilled on the 8th March 1991 and bottled in March...  More info
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Diageo's Distillers Edition range is a series of Classic Malts, specially finished in wine casks. This Cragganmore is a fine example, distilled in 1998 and finished in port pipes before bottling.  More info
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$91.62
Our second batch of single cask Cragganmore, this was distilled on the 8th March 1991 and it was aged in refill hogshead cask 1146 for 20 years before we bottled it on the 10th November 2011. A...  More info
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From two casks Signatory produced 371 bottles of 28 year old cask strength Cragganmore single malt Scotch whisky. The whisky was distilled in May 1985 and bottled in October 2013, each with their own...  More info
$301.30
A 14 year old Cragganmore bottled without any pesky chill filtration from 2 hogsheads - 1170 and 1171.  More info
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An amazing Cragganmore single cask Speyside, part of Hunter Laing's Old Malt Cask range. Matured for 16 years in a refill hogshead, it was bottled in August 2013 with just 204 bottles produced.  More info
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John Milroy along with his brother Wallace were among the pioneers who pushed single malt whisky in London almost fifty years ago. They opened their shop in 1964, this is John's selection of a...  More info
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A single cask offering from Signatory - this Cragganmore has been aged for a full 27 years and still retains cask strength of 54.6%!  More info
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From Berry's Own Selection, this was distilled at Cragganmore in 1989, and bottled at natural cask strength in 2010.  More info
$130.83
This was distilled at Cragganmore in March 1997. It was then aged for 13 years in a single refill hogshead before bottling in August 2010. A release of just 349 bottles from the Old Malt Cask range.  More info
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This is a top Cragganmore for a very reasonable price. Surprisingly complex for a fairly young whisky.  More info
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This was distilled in March of 1991 at the Cragganmore distillery. It was aged for 19 years in a single refill hogshead and bottled in September 2010. A release of 308 bottles from the Old Malt Cask...  More info
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From Duncan Taylor's NC2 range of Non-Chillfiltered, Non Caramel Coloured whisky comes this 14 year old Cragganmore, distilled in 1997 and bottled in 2011.  More info
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